The Expressive Thread

Friday, June 19, 2009

Where is the CPS ??!!???!

I am anxiously awaiting the latest (JULY/AUG) issue of Cloth Paper Scissors. The editors picked 4 examples of the work completed in the M4 Kit Challenge. Congratulations to Jodi, Toni, and Patti! The members of the Carolina Mixed Media Guild are amazing and talented people. Rats! where is that magazine?

Monday, June 8, 2009

the leg was designed to hold the key and other items of the kit. I wanted part of the wire to remain open, so the viewer could see the bits. 4 wires were used as the 'main' structure, with the design to be able to thread those wires into the buttons that would eventually be used as a hoof (they were the same color as the original hooves). Each wire would be stuck into one of the 4 holes in the button. Oh, it took a full hour to pry that original hoof off the leg.

I used a soldering tool with a sharp point to burn away the plastic part of the belly etc, that I didnt want. Reverse sculpturing it. The toy is really put together, it took a lot of hours just to cut away the belly, leg, head. About 16 full hours of breathing fumes, not so good but I did have the overhead fan on full blast. The guts of the toy was full of wores, battery casings, lots of plastic to hold things together. Originally, the horse or really unicorn, had hooves and unicorn horn that lit up when a button was pushed.


After Burning

Wire sculpting of the hind leg

CMMAG - M4 Challenge

Its been 3 months since I've blogged. But after a presentation by Lisa Stewart on Social Media, I knew it was time to make time to do this. Never had the inclination to do Flickr, Twitter etc, but its the new conversation.

Here are some more pictures of how I put my 'Horse' together for the M4 Challenge. Even tho that was a few months ago, it is still fresh and exciting in my memory.


Monday, March 2, 2009

Kit Progress

Here are a few more pictures of the kit and its progress. My kitty Cricket Hop Maximus Padoopus is helping out by lying on the kit box and its contents. She loves to contribute to art making projects.

The Kit Challenge again

Well, we are down to the deadline ! I've attached a few pics of the thing I am working on - can you guess what it is ? Neither can I, I'm not sure yet. The wierdest thing is this is really a lot of fun, it truly stretches skills and creativity. Take a look at part of the mess I've made.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

The Kit Challenge

After today i probably will never get back to a comfort zone .. there is a kit challenge going on in the Carolina Mixed Media Artist Guild. Each person that wanted to participate got a box, with 32 elements in it, all alike. We are to create something from these 32 things - unveiling the result at Artist Alley in Southern Pines NC March 7.

This has stretched my skills as the elements in the kit are of paper, wood, glass, platic, metal, fiber, and bullet shell casings... yes. So if a person primarily worked with paper, then they have to work with wood and metal .. you get the drift .. So comfort zone is gone for quite awhile.

Challenge - yes
Creative - yes
Crazy - yes
Exciting - yes


Saturday, February 14, 2009


Never blogged. But in the February Carolina Mixed Media Artists (CMMAG) meeting last Thursday I was asked about my Blog ... Uh wellllll.

I am a fabric-o-holic. I love fabric, textile design, and needlepoint. I must of gotten this gene from my mom who owned a consignment clothing shop. She would get in wonderful vintage things, and would buy and bring them home to show. She was always sewing on her Kenmore machine which the tension was always needing fiddling with ...

After a long time thinking then actually deciding to do, last year we built the art studio over a 4 car garage. It's full of windows and light and I love it to pieces.

Today was a overcast but almost springlike day - the jonquils are coming up in the garden !